Colorado Avalanche: Is Alexander Radulov A Realistic Free Agent Target?

By Jonathan Katje
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With the Colorado Avalanche naming Joe Sakic as their new director of hockey operations and Patrick Roy as their new head coach, things will look a bit different when the puck drops for the 2013-14 season. The Avalanche have the chance to add an impact player with the first overall pick in this summer’s draft, and could be active in looking to bring in some key free agents. One interesting rumor that is again making the rounds is that Roy may be able to entice forward Alexander Radulov to return to the NHL, and that could be a great addition for the Avalanche if he can make that happen.

Radulov was in his last junior season (2005-06) with the Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) when Roy took over as head coach, and he led the team with 61 goals and 152 points. He would join the Nashville Predators the following season, and scored 44 goals in two seasons before heading to the KHL. He scored at least 20 goals in each of his four seasons there, and returned briefly for the Predators last season. His three goals and seven points in nine games showed he could still have an impact, but he was back in the KHL this season. Radulov scored 22 goals and had 68 points for CSKA Moscow this season, and looks more than capable of having an impact if he comes back.

Radulov likely wouldn’t come cheap, but Roy has to have at least a slight edge over other teams given the pair’s history. The same rumor surfaced last year when Roy was a rumored candidate for the Montreal Canadiens coaching job, and while it seems like a long shot anything could happen this offseason.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL senior writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or add him to your circles on Google Plus.

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